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03
APR
4am

SA Drug Policy Initiative: Banning alcohol and tobacco during lock-down is a bad idea

The SA Drug Policy Initiative (SADPI) says the decision to ban the sale alcohol and tobacco during the national lock-down should be reversed as soon as possible. SADPI says although the decision to ban the sale of alcohol and tobacco during the lock-down period was made with the best intentions, there are reasons why it is not a good idea. We spoke to the founder of the SA Drug Policy Initiative, Dr Keith Scott…
03
APR
4am

South Africans concerned about Covid 19 home testing and criminals

South Africans are concerned about health workers who will be deployed to do home testing for Covid 19. South Africans fear that criminals will also use this as an opportunity to enter their homes. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Monday that provinces that have been identified as coronavirus hotspots will be prioritised as the government ramps up its fight against the virus.More than 10,000 health workers who will be deployed by the government to do screening and testing in people's homes will mostly be deployed in townships in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. We spoke to Dr Yogan Pillay - Deputy Director-General at Department of Health...
26
MAR
7am

Taxi operators seek more clarity amid national lock-down

The National Taxi Alliance says it waiting for more clarity on the taxi industry's role during the lock-down period. They are also worried about loss of income due to social distancing regulations which will reduce passenger capacity. The taxi alliance also says that they should be considered for a 3 month holiday payment like other businesses. We spoke to spokesperson of the National Taxi Alliance Theo Malele...
25
MAR
7am

Traffic volumes expected to increase on the N1 to Limpopo before lock-down

Traffic volumes are expected to increase on the N1 to Limpopo today with motorists planning to escape the lock-down in Gauteng. Most people prefer to be home before Thursday fearing that they will be restricted from being with families during the Easter holidays. This, despite the warning by the MEC of Health in Limpopo, Dr Phophi Ramathuba that should the virus reach remote villages, it will be difficult to contain. We spoke to MEC of Health in Limpopo, Dr Phophi Ramathuba...
25
MAR
7am

South African Medical Association weighs in on Covid 19 in the country

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) says it supports the measures announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa to contain the spread of corona virus in the country. SAMA says in addition to the strategies already announced, two additional steps are needed. Firstly, the Association says it is imperative that the areas - not just the provinces - of the identified cases be made known. And secondly, additional strategy is to give priority consideration to telemedicine. We spoke to Chairperson of the South African Medical Association Dr Angelique Coetzee
24
MAR
6am

Didiza: No need to panic buy, SA has sufficient food supply

Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza says the department has set aside 1.2 billion to address the effects of the corona virus, post the pandemic. Didiza says the country has sufficient food supply- hence there is no need to panic buy.....
24
MAR
6am

Financial relief to assist SA citizens and businesses amid Covid 19 lock-down

Trade and Industry minister, Ebrahim Patel has highlighted various financial relief plans to assist South African citizens and business owners during this time. Patel says the Competition Commission is investigating eleven companies for allegedly hiking the prices of products - such as face masks, gloves and hand sanitizes - amid the corona virus outbreak. Patel says those who take advantage of the public by raising the prices of items will be issued fines, penalties and even jail time. The National Consumer Commission has also established a toll free hotline ( 0800 014 880 ) for consumers to continue reporting unjustified price increases for basic goods.
24
MAR
6am

South Africa draws examples from China in dealing with Covid 19

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says South Africa is learning from countries such as China in dealing with the virus. He also says many people may be tempted to travel home to rural areas in the next 24 hours before the lock-down, but he is confident that many South Africans will adhere to the lock-down regulations....
24
MAR
6am

Corona virus cases in South Africa rise to 554

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that the number of corona virus cases in South Africa has risen to 554. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a three week national lock-down, starting at midnight on Thursday, to help stem the spread of the corona virus. There are over 370-thousand confirmed Covid 19 cases across the globe - with over 16-thousand deaths linked to the virus. Addressing the media in Pretoria, Mkhize says the number of infections are expected to rise in the country...
23
MAR
7am

Churches and liquor stores on the spotlight amid Covid 19 restrictions

As churches scale down services due to the corona virus, some are taking advantage of technology to reach their members. Government has issued guidelines prohibiting public gatherings of more than 100 people at a time. Tshepo Phagane visited Soweto to check how churches are dealing with the new regulations, what measures they've put in place to deal with the virus, and how they ensure they keep worshiping with the cancellation of some services. Vice-president of the National Funeral Directors' Association, Lawrence Konyana says they are treating each body as a potential case of COVID19. Konyana says they are also trying to discourage families from coming into the funeral parlous to wash the body of the deceased person as is common practice in most traditions and cultures.

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